HC consents to submission of billing sheet by SIT

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bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday consented to the submission of an indictment in the alleged sex CD case involving former BJP government minister Ramesh Jarakiholi.

Senior sources said it was a big relief for Ramesh Jarakiholi as it is said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has given a definite boost to the Belagavi politician who is one of the leaders who helped the BJP rise to power in Karnataka.

A divisional bench headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi passed the order on Thursday. The court observed that since the head of SIT consented to the final report and how he can be withheld from submission. The bench also told the victim’s attorney to go to the trial court hearing the matter if there are any objections to the report. The bench said it’s not fair to judge the report on whether it’s good or bad.

Indira Jaisingh, lead lawyer representing the victim, argued that the SIT was formed by the state government at the request of the accused and that the contents of the report were leaked to the media, who say the SIT has filed a B-report (case closed for lack of evidence) in the case. There are questions about the legality of the formation of the SIT.

She said they wanted the SIT to be brought through the High Court and asked for time to file objections to the submission of the SIT’s final report in the case. Lead attorney Ashok Haranahalli, appearing for the SIT, requested the court’s consent to submit the indictment.

According to the sources, the indictment will decide the fate of Ramesh Jarakiholi who was asked to tender his resignation following the leak of alleged private videos. Soon, the case turned into a scandal and made national news.

Following rumors that the SIT had given a helping hand, Ramesh Jarakiholi is pushing for a ministerial post in Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s cabinet. He had met former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Goa on Thursday and held talks for about 30 minutes.

The ruling BJP took no action against Ramesh Jarakiholi following the defeat of the party’s candidate in the Legislative Council elections. Ramesh Jarakiholi openly supported his younger brother Lakhan Jarakiholi, who ran as an independent candidate. The BJP narrowly missed securing a one-seat majority on the council, which seriously embarrassed the state party leadership.

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